The Adventures of Hercule
a short-lived series
network. It lasted one year and few episodes have survived. The
weekly series starred
Harold Huber. Huber
was an established stage and film actor, often playing “heavies”
(bad guys). He also portrayed Fu
that radio series.
Though Agatha Christie had short
stories and novels available for adaptation, and
ideas for storylines, all
of the Poirot
radio scripts were new, and not based on her works.
Hehn collection has the first episode of the series from 1945-02-22,
the beginning of the broadcast, they attempted to have Christie
introduce the program over short wave, an impressive technological
feat at the time, usually reserved for WW2 news broadcasts. They had
problems establishing the connection, but she does appear. It is easy
to take the international communications that seem so natural today
for granted. Having her on the program required significant effort
and planning those decades ago.
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These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr.
Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when
the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel
tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American
volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors.
The groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology
and skills are the Old Time Radio
Researchers and a small group of transcription disc
preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of
the Turning Table."